The tell command - Midkemia Online Online Help

3.3 The tell command

Tells are a way to communicate with players who are not in 
the room with you or to communicate relatively privately 
with players who are. To speak to someone in this manner,
the syntax is:

TELL <player> <whatever>

For instance:

 Tell Varlendor You smell funny!

Abbreviations OK
You may abbreviate tells by simply typing all or part of the
player's name, followed by what you wish to tell them, assuming
you have used CONFIG NAMETELLS ON. For instance:

  Varl You smell funny

Or, if you don't have CONFIG NAMETELLS ON, then you can abbreviate
this way:

  tell varl you smell funny

Abbreviations Could Mean Trouble
What if you tried TELL Eric Hello, but Erica  got the tell? Whoops!

This can happen, since abbreviations are possible, as noted above.
There is a solution! See the next section.

Forcing an exact match
As a final option, if you use TELL <name> <message>, you may 
specify that the name must match exactly, and that you are 
absolutely not abbreviating. 

To do so - TELL <name> <message>

For example:

  tell erica This will go to Erica, but not Eric, no matter what!

Get it? Good!

Don't wish to receive tells at all? 
Type TELLSOFF. TELLSON to turn them back on.

Seeing old tells
If, by chance, you happen to forget something recently sent to you via tells, you can always use TELLS to see an abbreviated listing of what you have just heard.

It will look like:
   Most recent tells to you:
   1) Abram-sev, The Forger of Action: "How are things?"
   2) Killian, Singer of Green Silences: "I am in need of four kits, a goa..."
   3) Abram-sev, The Forger of Action: "Me too."

      -and so on for 20 tells- 

If, by chance, one wished to see a tell from earlier, the syntax is 
SHOWTELL <number>

It will then show you:
   You recall that Killian, Singer of Green Silences told you:
   "I am in need of four kits, and a goat with a floppy hat."

Upon logging out, the history of your tells will be removed and logging in will start a whole new list as you communicate with people.